Khalid Latif to invest 5-year ban in overseas citizenship to return as international cricketer


LAHORE – After being served a five-year ban over the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption tribunal (ACT), batsman Khalid Latif has decided to spend the next five years trying to get foreign citizenship, The Dependent has learnt.

Latif, who has been handed the strictest punishment after being considered among the main culprits in the case by the Board’s anti-corruption department, is eying a return as an international cricketer in five years’ time.

Latif’s lawyer told The Dependent that his client is eying Europe.

“While Greece might not have a team, but when the PCB is compiling a list of foreign stars who might want to tour Pakistan for PSL 8 or Independence Cup 6, a Greek cricketer would be an exotic addition,” he said. “The same is true for many other European destinations.”

The lawyer said the client is grateful to the tribunal for their decision, which will now allow Latif to experience respect that even the national cricketers don’t get.

“Latif is banned for five years while Sharjeel gets to go back to the game in two and a half years,” he said. “We can’t thank the PCB enough for giving Latif the opportunity to participate in the future editions of the PSL and Independence Cup as a foreign star,” he added.